This post is about experiencing the cold, not catching a cold. (Personally I would rather deal with the latter.) I have a phobia about being cold, which really isn't a good feature since I live in Canada. I Googled to see if there is a term for people who are afraid of being cold and was surprised to see there is one. It is called Frigophobia. And no, I am not making that up. Although I think the site might not be entirely credible since it also listed gems such as Consecotaleophopia, which is the fear of chopsticks, and Hobophobia, the fear of bums or beggars.
Okay, so maybe there isn't a legitimate term for the fear of being cold, but that doesn't make it any less real. I don't mind going out into the cold as long as I am dressed for it. I think it is the reason I keep knitting sweaters. Practically speaking I don't need any more sweaters. Psychologically speaking I can't seem to stop knitting them. Ditto for socks.
My fear of being cold is not restricted to the daytime hours. Every night I heat up not one, but two rice bags in the microwave. These are not my main tool for warding off the cold though - that spot is reserved for my hot water bottle. It is my constant companion from roughly mid- November until mid-April.
I have wanted to knit a wool hot water bottle cover for ages, and had several fancy patterns in my Ravelry queue just waiting to be cast on my needles. They never seemed to make it to the top of my queue though, and I finally came to the realization I needed to lower my expectations and knit something practical. After all, it was a hot water bottle cover, not an elaborate cabled sweater I was planning to make. This is the Literary Hotties pattern from the book The Gentle Art of Knitting.
It was quick, it was easy, and best of all it keeps my hot water bottle warm all night long. The perfect cure for Frigophobia.